The Missouri state legislature is moving quickly to undermine existing local bans in the state on the use of wild and exotic animals in entertainment. We can't let this happen!
In 2002, the forward-thinking city of Richmond, MO banned the use of lions, tigers, elephants and other wild animals in entertainment including circuses, carnivals and cub petting pay-to-play schemes. Now the state wants to invalidate this important ordinance and REMOVE THE EXISTING PROTECTIONS for these wild animals in Richmond as well as restrict similar ordinances in any other city or county.
State legislators are bending to the will of a small yet vocal industry group that represents businesses who want to use big cats and other animals for profit. Don't let the state turn back the tide on protections for big cats and other wild animals!
Missouri state bills HB1907 and SB918 would block existing and future local government restrictions on animals in entertainment. If passed, Richmond's ban on wild animal circus acts would be overturned and proposals to adopt similar measures across the state would be halted.